Our History

Our history

Basingstoke East Scouts was established in May 1979 at a time when Scouting in Basingstoke was its highest with membership across the borough of Basingstoke and Deane numbering over 2000 young people and some 25 – 30 groups in all. It was decided that the borough would be split into three districts: Basingstoke East Scouts, Basingstoke West Scouts and Silchester Scouts.

Basingstoke East Scouts is defined as ‘covering the civil parishes of: Ellisfield, Herriad, Weston Corbett, Weston Patrick, Upton Grey, Tunworth, Winslade, Cliddesden, Mapledurwell and Up Nately together with that part of Basingstoke Town Centre which lies to the east of the western ring road’.

Our Growth

As part of a national movement, we have grown for the last 13 years, At a local level, we want to continue that positive trend, bringing skills for life to more young people in Basingstoke East.

As of January 2020, the number of young people Scouting in Basingstoke East was at an all-time high with 724 in our groups across the District. Obviously, none of this would be possible without our dedicated team of adult volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure that our young people have the best possible scouting experience that is safe, fun, challenging and adventurous. We are continuously looking at how Basingstoke East Scouts can continue to provide more opportunities for the young people of Basingstoke and have many exciting new ideas of how to bring Scouting closer to you.

Basingstoke East Scouts is currently made up of 12 Scout Groups and we are also fortunate enough to have 2 additional groups for our oldest scouts (14 – 18 years).